While many of you may be enjoying the latest Ys title to land stateside, Ys: Memories of Celceta on the PS Vita, one title in the series had yet to see any sort of English adaptation. That is until now.
Thanks to the tea... more
I’ve never seen as much tragedy in a fighting game before I played Saint Seiya: Brave Soldiers. Maybe I should have been more prepared with a fighting game based on the lore of the classic anime, but as a casual partake... more
Meet More! SoniComi, a sort of sexy take on Pokemon Snap. In this PlayStation 3 exclusive, headed for Japanese shores March 20, 2014, you play the part of a gravure photographer who get's to snap lovely "professional" pictur... more
It's been quite some time since a new Dragon Quest game has graced these shores, but if recent trademark sightings indicate anything, our fortunes might just be turning for the better in the near future.
Uncovered over ... more
Saint Seiya: Brave Soldiers' destiny clashes this Tuesday, November 26, when it smashes its way onto North American PlayStation 3's. Released last week in Europe, both at retail and on PSN, the NA version of the game is fore... more
When this past generation began, fighting games seemed to be on their last legs. Capcom fighters were nowhere in sight, Sega’s Virtua Fighter laid hidden in the deepest of digital fight clubs, and Namco’s Tekken a... more
Set to release next week in Japan, Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII latest 15 second TV spot showcases a live-action version of the titular character. Albeit extremely brief, the model portraying Lightning, intermixed w... more
Best known for manic console arcade bullet-hell shooters, like Deathsmiles and Akai Katana, Cave is mixing up the formula slightly with their next mobile shmup release, Don Paccin.
The vertical shooter, slated for both ... more
One of the greatest things about video games is the opportunity they afford us to take on roles we'd normally never have the chance to do. For example, in The Guided Fate Paradox, the latest from the team that brought us the ... more
Acquire's Akiba's Trip 2 is a demon destroying beat'em up where you literally beat the pants off your enemies. The latest video for the title showcases... well it showcases exactly what one would expect from a game wher... more
Compile Heart's Mugen Souls Z, a sequel to PS3 RPG Mugen Souls, will be coming to Europe and North America in 2014 courtesy of NIS America. My guess is there is a "Z" in the sequel's title because it looks enough like a "2" t... more
Hey! You! Yeah, you! Killzone: Shadow Fall comes out next month (that's this...Shadow Fall...man I wish I had used that when we were still in summer).
If you're into it, you should cop this straight gameplay (starting around... more
What happens when Dragon Quest, Final Fantasy, and Tales producers Yosuke Saito, Shinji Hashimoto, and Hideo Baba share space in Japanese monthly V Jump? JRPG nerds fangasm off into the sunset.
A snippet of possible collabora... more
Atlus has been drinking the crazy water and is publishing the loony 2D fighter Aquapazza: Aquaplus Dream Match, as we recently reported. The previous "Holiday 2013" release window has now been narrowed down to November 19.
The email I received from Atlus today pretty much asks the perfect question: "Have you ever dropped a bookcase on someone in a fighting game?" Uh... well that would be a wholehearted no, but I have a feeling that answer might... more
While playing all those saucy hostess club sub-stories in private in the Yakuza 1 & 2 HD remake due later this year was already known -- thanks to this uncomfortably strange trailer -- a recent interview in Fami... more
It only took two years for the thirteenth flagship title in the Tales series to reach western shores, but now that Tales of Xillia has finally arrived what better way to celebrate than with a collection of some fantastic cosp... more
What was once an eroge series in Japan, Tears to Tiara has since dropped its erotic ways jumping over to the PlayStation 3 console with a more teen friendly remake. Following a five year absence since its debut on Sony's con... more
Square Enix announced today on a special ten-hour Dragon Quest X livestream that the once-Nintendo exclusive will be coming to PC on September 26 in Japan. The base game will retail for ¥ 3990 Yen (roughly ... more
XSEED Games may have single-handedly championed the Sony Vita at this year's E3. Not one, but three offerings are slated from the niche publishing localization house. Japanese RPGs like Valhalla Knights 3 and Ragna... more
Similar to the re-release treatment that the Final Fantasy IV soundtrack will be getting this coming July, Square Enix has announced details for the Final Fantasy V Original Sound Track Remaster Version. While it won't be as ... more
Theatrhythm is still one of my favorite games for the 3DS, and probably even my iPhone. It would make sense, given the game's focus on music, that a soundtrack album would have be released, but it's eluded us... until now.Whi... more
[In light of recent criticisms, Dtoid community blogger Voltech took it upon himself to defend Japan's games and culture, and argues that they aren't so different from the West's. Want to see your own words appear on the fron... more
Games that go beyond simple power fantasy motifs have been growing in prestige and popularity. Journey, The Walking Dead, and Cart Life are just three warmly embraced, award winning modern releases that defy expecta... more
Final Fantasy IV is easily one of my favorite soundtracks in the series. That's probably because it contains one of my favorite tracks of all time, "Troian Beauty." Square Enix apparently agrees and is re-releasing the long o... more
It's no secret that the gaming industry can be prone to some pretty deplorable business practices. Square Enix announced one today that's just another drop in an ever-growing ocean.
Beginning on April 25, Tomb Raider on ... more
Well we all know Takenobu Mitsuyoshi is great, but just how great is he? So great he now has a third compilation album featuring his works lined up for release. His album series From Loud 2 Low started in 2003 including some ... more
Soft, fruity, chewy. Man, what isn't there to love about Morinaga's delicious candy treat, Hi-Chew? For those of you who haven't had a chance to indulge in a pack of this sugary snack, it's probably best described as somethi... more
It wouldn't be fair to say that Ni No Kuni has a specific urination quest. It's more of a side story or side effect of a larger task, if you will. Nevertheless, when I came upon this girl who needed to whiz, I immediate... more
Earlier today, I shared an English-language Nintendo Direct that detailed many of Nintendo Network's features. Who would have guessed that the Japanese branch would follow up a few hours later with yet another Direct with li... more
I've just listened to the highly-anticipated soundtrack for this game, and while it's great, I was most surprised by the incredible packaging afforded for this two-disc collection that was released on October 10 in Japan. I'm... more
We're back with another issue of Note Worthy, our monthly soundtrack round-up feature. In addition to the moody Borderlands 2 soundtrack and the ethnic-flavored Mists of Pandaria, we have what I'm calling one of the best soun... more
[Dtoid community blogger Cutie Honey shares his concerns about the upcoming game from Monolith Soft, Project X Zone. For an opposing viewpoint, see our own Dale North's thoughts on the game. (Let it never be said that Dt... more
Back in 1986, famous Japanese actor/director Beat Takeshi contributed to the design of a videogame. Legend has it that Takeshi did not have an affection for videogames at all (not unlike Jack Thompson), and in a half-intoxic... more
While at the Konami booth at Tokyo Game Show today, I made a concerted effort to play Metal Gear Solid: Social Ops, a team up between Kojima Productions and mobile juggernaut GREE. It didn't go particularly well, but I can't ... more
Yes, the folks in Japan really got a lot of Kid Icarus: Uprising soundtrack love. Not only did Club Nintendo put out a single-disc 'best of' compilation CD, but Sleigh Bells, the record label of Yasunori Mitsuda, is releasing... more
I've had my eyes and ears on Bravely Default since it was teased last year. I was wondering who would be handling the music, and assumed it would be Square Enix's Naoshi Mizuta based on his fantasy scores for Final Fantasy XI... more
The release of Secret of Mana Genesis is right around the corner, and while we linked to a teaser site last month that didn't tell us a whole lot about what it would sound like, the folks over at OSV have kept an eye out on t... more
Sega announced this week that Phantasy Star Online 2 is headed to the United States and Europe come 2013. This is great news for fans of the series, especially for those who thought that the spinoff sequels deviated too much ... more
We noted a couple months back that composer Yuzo Koshiro had dumped the retro-flavored FM synthesis that he employed for past Etrian Odyssey titles in favor of a live recorded soundtrack featuring everything from woodwinds an... more
And that's just naming a few. We're also taking a look at the soundtracks to Silent Hill: Book of Memories, Final Fantasy XIII-2 Original Soundtrack Plus, and more.This was a great month for game music with some amazing music... more
Square Enix is having Secret of Mana composer Hiroki Kikuta prepare an all-new arrange album paying homage to his work on Seiken Densetsu 2 (Secret of Mana). It follows their celebration of the series last year that saw the m... more
I can't say that I know a whole lot about the Ys series, but it's really old apparently. Ys Origin first came out for PC in Japan back in 2006. Six years later it's being released in English on Steam. It has also been en... more
I'm pretty bummed that La-Mulana on WiiWare was canceled, though I fully understand why Nicalis can't allocate any of its limited resources towards publishing La-Mulana on WiiWare. The good news is, the subsuquent inter... more
Square Enix announced details regarding the Japanese release of the upcoming Nintendo 3DS title, Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance, and now my 3DS isn't looking so appealing anymore. You can expect the highly anticipated... more
When I saw the above trailer crop up in my feeds this morning, the title was entirely in Japanese. Since I am barely capable of reading English with proficiency, I just went ahead and clicked anyway. And while I couldn't qui... more
In the latest Talking to Women about Videogames (post coming on Tuesday), I had the audacity to say that Mass Effect was the last great single player-only series in gaming. That was silly. It was arguably even sillier when a... more
While some might think Japanese developers have lost touch and are conforming to Western styles (with good reason), developers like Nippon Ichi Software have consistently delivered with the likes of Disgaea, Cladun, and the A... more
[It Came from Japan! is a series where I seek out and review the weirdest, most original and enjoyable titles that never left the Land of the Rising Sun.]
Japanese games often possess a delirious quality that leaves some... more
[It Came from Japan! is a series where I seek out and review the weirdest, most original and enjoyable titles that never left the Land of the Rising Sun.]Shooting killer clowns with cream pies. Exploring a haunted mans... more